Libya’s rival forces warn Thinni govt against independent oil sales

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TRIPOLI  – Libyan forces opposed to the country’s internationally recognized government have warned that any attempts to export oil independently would force them to take military action to seize oil ports and facilities.

Libya has rival governments, each backed by loose coalitions ex- who once fought together to oust Muammar Gaddafi. They are now battling each other for control of the North African country and its oil.

Forces Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni’s official government two key oil ports, Ras Lanuf and Es Sider, and he has said he will independent oil sales and open a bank account overseas to hold revenues.

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lsmail Shikri, a spokesman for forces allied with the rival Tripoli government, said any attempt by Thinni to sell oil bypassing the central bank and the National Oil Corporation would trigger military action.